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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: April 2013

News at the College

Dr. Lonnie KingDr. Lonnie King receives Global One Health Award

Dr. Lonnie King, dean and Ruth Stanton Chair in Veterinary Medicine, has been awarded the Global One Health Award by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) at their World Congress in Auckland, New Zealand. This award is presented annually to an individual or organization that has promoted the global One Health concept, which studies the links between animal health, human health, and environmental health. Read more.

Dr. Maxey WellmanOhio State Veterinarian named president of the ACVP

Dr. Maxey Wellman, professor, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, is the 2013 president of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP), which boasts more than 1,500 members in 28 countries. Dr. Wellman is the director of Clinical Pathology Laboratories, which include the clinical chemistry, cytology, and hematology laboratories. These laboratories provide diagnostic services and professional laboratory expertise to the Veterinary Medical Center, departments and research laboratories within the college and university, and the university laboratory animal program. Among her other honors, Dr. Wellman has been awarded the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award and the Dean’s Award in Creative Teaching. She has served on the board of the ACVP for the past four years. Click HERE for more information.

Dr. Mo SaifLeadership changes at the Food Animal Health Research Program

Following an exemplary 45 year career, Dr. Mo Saif retired in January as the leader of the Food Animal Health Research Program (FAHRP) at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster. He is recognized internationally as a leading researcher in poultry diseases and influenza viruses that can be shared between different animal species. Read more about his career here.

Dr. Jeff LeJeuneDr. Jeff LeJeune is the newly appointed director of FAHRP and assistant dean in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Trained as a veterinarian and a microbiologist, Dr. LeJeune now leads the program that includes about 75 faculty, staff, and students focused on the health of food-producing animals. Dr. LeJeune also recognizes FAHRP’s critical role in the university’s areas of research focus, or “Discovery Themes,” of Health and Wellness, Food Production and Security, and Energy and Environment. More information about the program is available here.

Partnership Restores Friendly Canine to Normal Health

CainCain is a miracle dog, according to Rachel Finney, executive director of the Capital Area Humane Society. This well-behaved dog that was recently featured on WCMH-TV was surrendered to CAHS because his owners were unable to care for him. Unbeknownst to them, Cain had a common congenital heart condition that can be fatal. Thanks to a partnership with the College of Veterinary Medicine, the CAHS elected to bring the three-year-old Cain to the Veterinary Medical Center for a life-saving procedure performed by Dr. Brian Scansen utilizing a minimally invasive approach. Read more about this partnership and watch video from when Cain visited host Gail Hogan on a recent episode of Daytime Columbus.

Upcoming Events

Go 'behind the scenes' in Veterinary Medicine April 6

The College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting its Annual Open House from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday (4/6). Activities are designed for all ages, including the children's activity center, information booths featuring student groups and community organizations, an exotic animal display, seminars discussing animal behavior, applying to vet school and careers in vet med, and self-guided tours of the Veterinary Medical Center. Keynote speaker is Thomas Stalf, president and CEO of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Admission is free. Read more:

Annual Golf Outing

Save the date for the Annual Alumni Golf Outing. This year’s outing will take place on Monday, June 24. More information to follow.

2013 Reunion-Homecoming Weekend

Please save the date for the 2013 Reunion-Homecoming Weekend. This year it will be held October 19-20. We hope to see many of you there!

Alumni Updates

Job opening: Executive Director for the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA

A search is underway for a new Executive Director for the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, a no-kill animal welfare organization. The position announcement is listed on CASPCA’s web site: For more information, please contact: Adam Smith - Managing Director - ASESC - Email: - Tel: (703)998-8118.

Full-time associate wanted for progressive mixed animal practice in Utah

Bear River Animal Hospital is looking to fill a full-time associate position. Case load is approximately 70% large animal and 30% small animal. The practice services several dairies for regular herd health checks, reproductive ultrasonography, and consultation services. In addition, over 60,000 beef cattle are in their practice area. Large animal facilities include in-house bovine surgical facilities and hydraulic chute, portable hydraulic chutes for haul-in and mobile services, as well as a padded surgical suite with inhalant anesthesia, ultrasound, and digital radiography for equine clientele. Small animal service is augmented by in-house blood lab, digital radiography, and anesthetic monitoring system. Small animal services range from educational preventive medicine to orthopedic surgery and dental care. Desired applicants would be working mostly with large food animals and to a lesser extent, equine and small animal. A generous compensation package including salary, retirement, insurance, and CE is offered. Hard working, motivated applicants looking for a long term situation are encouraged to contact Dr. Mickelson at (435) 730-4161 and/or e-mail resumes to Please visit to learn more about the practice.

The Ohio State University Alumni Association Membership

You can become a sustaining member of the Ohio State Alumni Association with an annual gift of $75 or more, which can also support the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Just a few funds to consider:

  • Veterinary Medical Center Enhancement and Expansion Fund – 314090
    To provide funds for the enhancement and expansion of the Veterinary Medical Center
  • Veterinary Medicine Students First – Students Now Scholarship Fund – 308457
    To support veterinary students
  • Veterinary Biosciences Support Fund – 301456
    For animal research and for support of Veterinary Biosciences
  • Veterinary Clinical Sciences Advancement Fund – 301106
    To support veterinary clinical sciences
  • Veterinary Preventive Medicine Support Fund – 306355
    To support preventive medicine

You can complete your OSUAA membership by making a gift online

Opportunity – star in a reality TV show

Cineflix is an international, award-winning production company, producing shows such as: American Pickers on the History Channel, Property Brothers on HGTV, and The Great Big American Auction featuring Ty Pennington for ABC. They are currently creating a new series that will follow the day-to-day challenges and triumphs of a veterinarian working with local residents and their animals in a remote rural town that currently has no access to veterinary care. This is an amazing opportunity for the right veterinarian to do important and valuable work with an underserved but idyllic community in Northern Maine in desperate need of medical treatment for the animals they love.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the veterinarian and his or her family to experience a different way of life, make lasting memories, and create impactful change for an appreciative community. The veterinarian would also be featured on national television and receive financial compensation. For more information, or to apply for the series please email: Learn more about Cineflix at

In Memoriam

Dr. Harry L. Newell (DVM 1956)

Harry Newell passed away in March. He was born March 28, 1930 to Dr. Andrew and Emma Newell. He gained early experience in the farming community by working on his uncle’s farm and then at Brown’s Hatchery where, at 14 years old, he became the youngest certified Pullorum tester in Indiana. Harry received his B.S. in agriculture from Purdue University and went on to attend veterinary school at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, Harry worked at Charleston Veterinary Hospital in West Virginia, and later established a hospital of his own, Gateway Animal Hospital. During his 40 years in the veterinary profession, Harry owned and operated eight veterinary hospitals in West Virginia. Additionally, he was the West Virginia delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Association for 15 years and served six years on the West Virginia Veterinary Licensing Board. Harry was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Ohio State in 1981 and 1988. Outside of veterinary medicine, Harry served as a lobbyist for the West Virginia Medical Association for more than 20 years, as well as serving two terms as president of the association. Harry is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joyce; his sister, June Lumpkins; his half-brother, Frank Newell; and his half-sister, Cecil Newman. He is survived by his children, Kimberly Jo Newell; Michael Andrew Newell (Betty); and Timothy Todd Newell (Gracie); and six grandchildren, Joseph Elam, Mary (Trey) Knight, Zachary Newell, Joshua Newell, Harold Newell, and Cody Newell.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 5:45pm